I just spent 3 days volunteering at the Cotton Branch Farm Animal Sanctuary in South Carolina. When visiting Charleston, I saw a meetup posted for a volunteer workday at the sanctuary, but that day was not the best for my plans, and so I called to see if they could use me earlier.
Law Ra (Laura) answered the phone. Law Ra is German, with a slight British accent, probably from living in London so long. Like I was soon to be, she is a temporary volunteer at the sanctuary. But unlike me, she knows what she is doing when it comes to animal care. And she’s there much longer. More Words and Pictures…
Resistance is lacking, so I go inside. They have a huge display case full of cookies. Fortunately for me, only two vegan cookies are left. “They are so popular, we just can’t keep them,” the lady says. Well, make more of the vegan ones and less of the others.
Today I joined my good friend Debbie for a late lunch at what’s got to be one of the best vegan joints in the whole wide world. The place is called “Stuff I Eat” and it’s in Englewood. The owner Babette is as delightful as the food here. We had the Soul Food Platter (yams with coconut, potato salad, coleslaw, vegan mac and cheese, and barbecue tofu), the Croquette Plate (carrot croquette with polenta cakes, carrot gravy, spinach, and salad with avocado) served with buckwheat and corn muffin, black-eyed peas, kale greens, and pozole soup. I’ll be fasting tomorrow.
After staying in the Bay Area for a while, I headed to Santa Monica and have been living close to the beaches. I had the joy of helping Angel Hanz for the Homeless and Food Not Bombs. For a few moments, I was the personal assistant to the famous Dr. Armaiti May, the Vegan Vet. She attends to the pets of the homeless.
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie at Sentient Bean in Savannah. Garlic, onions, carrots, turmeric, sweet potatoes, beans, peas, acorn squash, lentils, veg stock and tempeh. Topped with mashed red potatoes and served with a side salad.
I finally got to meet Yuri , and I helped with leafleting on a most interesting street corner at Lincoln Rd & Meridian on South Beach. It’s a joint effort by Vegan Outreach, Compassion Over Killing, and Mercy for Animals, with some dedicated friends, Linda Cozat and Jennifer Mennuti.
Yesterday I attended the “World Love for Dolphins Day” protest in downtown Miami organized by Sea Shepherd. This event is to protest the Taiji Dolphin hunt in Japan, where thousands dolphins and whales are captured to be sold into captivity or slaughtered by pithing, which leaves the still conscious animals paralyzed and often drowning in the blood of their own family members.